Akron schools to use finger scanners in cafeterias

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Akron schools shouldn't have any problems with bullies stealing students' lunch money this fall.
That's because the school district is implementing a $700,000 system that scans students' fingerprints to keep track of their lunch purchases.
Two of the seven board members voted against the plan, saying they're concerned about the cost of the system and privacy issues involved with fingerprinting students. One says she'll probably refuse to have her three children fingerprinted for the program.
One other Ohio district, Garfield Heights, already has the scanners.
The fingerprint scanners will replace the meal tickets that Akron has used for nearly 20 years. Initially, it will only be used at the middle and high schools. Children whose parents don't want them fingerprinted can get an ID card instead.
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